Swansea City victory marred by injury to Ben Davies
MICHAEL Laudrup toasted the perfect start to Swansea City’s huge week – but a 4-0 thrashing of Sunderland was marred by injury to Ben Davies.
After a disappointing first half, Swansea came to life in the second period to chalk up their first home league victory since March 2.
An own goal from Phil Bardsley set Swansea on their way to three points, and Jonathan de Guzman’s brilliant long-range strike doubled the lead inside a minute.
Wilfried Bony converted Swansea’s first penalty in 56 Premier League games before Chico Flores wrapped up the win late on.
The only disappointment for Swansea was the loss of Davies to an ankle injury.
The left-back is due to undergo an X-ray but Laudrup has admitted he is likely to miss the games against Kuban Krasnodar and West Ham next week.
“I said beforehand that this was a big week for us and it has started well,” said the Swansea manager.
“People start to talk about how long it has been since we won at home, and the only way to stop that is to win.
“It was a difficult game for us. In the first half we didn’t play quickly enough and there wasn’t enough movement.
“I spoke about that at half-time and we changed completely in the second half. We wanted more movement and to play quicker.
“We got both and that made things more difficult for Sunderland.”
Davies, who has only just recovered from a hamstring strain, was replaced by Neil Taylor early in the second half.
“He twisted his ankle,” Laudrup said. “We will have to see how it is in the next couple of days, but I think he will probably miss our next two games at least.”